Longest run so far… 28Km

Sunday was the longest run I have ever done.  It took us 4 hours of 10 and 1s to finish the run which is a really long time to be out there pounding the pavement.

The improvements are definitely noticeable and I’ll be ready to run the marathon this summer.

But today my knees and back are feeling pretty sore.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be getting up to 35km or more on Sunday.  That will add another 30-40minutes to the time which may just be the breaking point.

There’s an interesting thing that happens at a marathon distance.  It’s a result of using all of your bodies readily available energy.  After running for about 30km most people hit a wall where everything is exhausted.  You’ve burned all the calories you can from the food in your stomach, the glucose in your blood is dangerously low, and your burning energy faster than your body can get it from your fat stores.  That’s why it is very important to eat food during the race.  Particularly easily digestible carbohydrates like gels.  It’s amazing how much of a difference you feel a minute after eating a gel – it’s like a second wind – you immediately feel more alert and energized.

It’s amazing how perceptions can change.

Just a couple of years ago I could not even run 1km without stopping.  Before my first 10K race the farthest I had ever run was just 2km.  Now I think I’m in good enough shape to run a half-marathon without stopping to walk.  Running for 20km just does not seem that difficult anymore.  …Very Awesome.